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**Repost** Judy Center Early Learning Hub Specialist


Recruitment #22-005055-0025


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The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.



State of MD Standard Salary Grade 21


200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore MD

Main Purpose of Job

An Education Program Specialist I is specialized work wherein employees serve as a technical specialist providing specialized outreach, intervention, compliance monitoring, and/or curriculum development, consultation, advice and technical assistance in a birth through adult basic education initiative related to Maryland’s comprehensive statewide assessment programs. These employees provide technical guidance as a member of internal and external work teams. Effectively implement the Judith P. Hoyer Early Childhood Education Enhancement Grants (Judy Centers) to align with the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, as well as to oversee the expansion of Judy Center sites from FY23-30. Review competitive and continuation grants submitted by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) for state requirements and quality to approve and issue funding. Work with the Judy Center Program Manager to ensure that the MSDE Judy Center budget is expended in a timely manner and in accordance to grant requirements and finance regulations. Provide technical assistance and program support to statewide Judy Centers. Serve as the MSDE liaison to collaborate and coordinate programming with LEAs, divisions within MSDE, and public and private organizations.


Job Duty 1: Establish and manage deadlines related to Judy Centers. Approve and monitor budgets, amendments, reporting and expenditures for Judy Center grants. Offer strategic guidance and conduct regular professional development for Judy Center staff based on their needs and challenges as they occur. Define and track the key performance indicators for established component standards through routine monitoring. Complete all documentation and reporting requirements pertaining to Judy Centers. Coordinate site monitoring visits by Judy Center Specialists to statewide Judy Centers. Collect and analyze Judy Center data. Participate in and help coordinate Judy Center Specialists to focus on outcomes and support for Judy Centers. Coordinate the development of marketing materials to promote Judy Centers. Coordinate and facilitate Judy Center quarterly meetings and conferences. Provide comprehensive and complete updates, including quarterly summary reports for the Judy Center Program on regular basis as established by the  program manager.
Job Duty 2: Establish Judy Center advisory boards/groups when necessary to complete goals and revise and/or establish policies. Attend and contribute to State Early Childhood Advisory Council meetings, Family Engagement Coalition meetings, as well as other state and local agency meetings as directed by the program manager.  Serve as liaison to other MSDE divisions, state agencies, and other agencies and private organizations as necessary. Prepare and distribute information and reports in a timely, accurate manner.  
Job Duty 3: Identify child care providers, agencies and organizations to partner with and strengthen relationships with local Judy Centers, make connections to further collaboration among the Judy Centers, agencies and the communities they serve.


Education:   A Master’s degree or the equivalent of 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work from an accredited college or university.
Experience: Four years of administrative or teaching experience in, or affiliated with, an education program.
1. Candidates may substitute two additional years of experience directly related to the position option for the required education.
2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university in a field related to the position option for one year of the required experience.
3. The required field of education and experience are unique for each option and are established by MSDE in accordance with Education Article, Section 2-104 of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  The specific education and experience qualifications for each position are on record in the Human Resource Management Branch of the Division of Business Services.
4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in Education Program classifications or Education Program specialty codes in the Education field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.
  • Master's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Judy Center Experience 


Applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation in accordance with the federal Family Law Article, Section 5.  Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 06.01.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs. Person appointed to position in this classification will be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle including a car, five-passenger van, and a 12-passenger van. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland, and their driving records will be subject to investigation.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for one year.


Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program, have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits.

Leave may be granted to a contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year.


It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the
applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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